International Distillers & Vintners

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International Distillers & Vintners was a brewing and wine and spirits distribution company, formed from the 1962 merger of W&A Gilbey and United Wine Traders.

Founders[edit]

W&A Gilbey was founded in 1857 as a gin distillery by Sir Walter Gilbey, but by 1962 had a diversified family share holding, chaired by former figure skater and politician, Ronald Gilbey.[1][2] He had resigned from London County Council in 1958,[3] to become chairman of W&A Gilbey, a post he held for eleven years. At the time of the merger, Gilbey's was the largest wine and spirits company in the United Kingdom.[1][2]

In 1972, the company was bought by Watney Mann, and became their consolidated wine and spirits division.[4] The group was taken over by Grand Metropolitan in 1972.

Merger[edit]

In 1997 Guinness merged with Grand Metropolitan to create Diageo. In 1998 IDV was merged with United Distillers to create United Distillers & Vintners, forming the spirits division of Diageo plc.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Obituary: Mr Ronald Gilbey". The Times. 3 August 1977. p. 16. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |newspaper= (help)
  2. ^ a b Darryl Lundy. "Alfred Ronald Dashwood Gilbey". thepeerage.com A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
  3. ^ Jackson, W Eric (1965). Achievement. A Short History of the London County Council. Longmans. p. 263.
  4. ^ "Who are the Gilbeys?". GilbeyGroup.com. 2011-06-29.
  5. ^ Competition Commission Report 1983 Archived 2012-01-21 at the Wayback Machine